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Korean Diaspora: Korean American Women’s Voices

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Join the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race for an event with writers Jimin Han, Crystal Hana Kim (a Columbia MFA grad), and Cathy Park Hong. Moderated by CSER's writer-in-residence Marie Myung-Ok Lee, this event will feature readings from each author and delve into their identities as Korean American writers. Lunch will be provided on a first come first served basis.




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Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island; Dayton, Ohio; and Jamestown, New York. She attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming online at NPR’s “Weekend America,” Platypus Press’s Digital Shorts Series, Poets & Writers Magazine, Entropy, The Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, Pleiades Blog, Kartika Review, KoreanAmericanStory.com, and elsewhere. A Small Revolution, her first novel, was among Entropy’s Best Fiction of 2017, Pleiades Editors’ Choice 2017, Electric Literature’s list of 34 Books By Women of Color To Read This Year, and list of Ten Galvanizing Books About Political Protest.

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was published in August 2018 and was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

Cathy Park Hong's latest poetry collection, Engine Empire, was published in 2012 by W.W. Norton. Her other collections include Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, A Public Space, Paris Review, McSweeney's, Baffler, Boston Review, The Nation, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a professor at Rutgers-Newark University. She is currently working on a book of nonfiction titled Stand Up.

Marie Myung-Ok Lee is an acclaimed Korean-American writer and author of the novel Somebody's Daughter. Her next novel, The Evening Hero, on the future of medicine, immigration, North Korea, is forthcoming with Simon & Schuster. She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and has received many honors for her work, including an O. Henry honorable mention, the Best Book Award from the Friends of American Writers, and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fiction fellowship and is a current New York Foundation for the Arts Fiction Fellow. In addition, Ms. Lee is a founder of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and was an Our Word Writer in Residence for the Columbia MFA program.

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